Began her early years of training at Ballet Arts Olympia until her dedication for dance moved her to Redmond, WA at the age of 15 to pursue her training at the Washington Academy of Performing Arts under the direction of Deborah Hadley; former principal ballerina for the Pacific Northwest Ballet. During Ms. Wood-Ennett’s years of professional training she attended prestigious summer programs such as Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Additionally, she studied on scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Oregon Ballet Theatre School and the San Francisco Ballet School. Following a summer with the San Francisco Ballet School, Ms. Wood- Ennett was invited to move to San Francisco to further her training and perform with the company. In 1998 Ms. Wood- Ennett joined Ballet Memphis and danced professionally for six years. During this time she performed soloist roles and worked with innovative choreographers. In the midst of Ms. Wood- Ennett ‘s performing career she discovered a love and talent for teaching and choreography that has continued to grow over the past fifteen years.
Otherwise known as MC, has been dancing almost her entire life and has performed many lead roles. Her first formal training began with Bridgette D’Calle, at Ballet School of Olympia. MC has been awarded numerous scholarships to prestigious dance schools including the Joffrey Ballet and Marin Ballet. During her college years she danced with both Ballet Omaha’s School of Dance & Creighton University’s Dance Division. MC’s dancing did take a brief intermission while she worked as a mental health counselor and became a mother of two beautiful daughters. She realized her passion for teaching in 2004 when she began instructing at Ballet Arts of Olympia. MC’s long time goal of owning her own professional dance school has now become a reality, in Studio West Dance Academy. “Dancing with children and watching them grow in self-confidence, poise, coordination, and the love of dance fills my heart with joy.”
Ms. Marianna started her Ballet training at the age of five at Keyla Ermecheo’s Ballet School in Caracas, Venezuela; where she graduated as a classical Ballet Dancer. She joined Metropolitan Ballet of Caracas under the artistic direction of Keyla Ermecheo. During that time she performed many classical and neo-classical repertoire including: Giselle act II, Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire (pas de deux), Bayaderka Trio, Nutcracker, Apollo (Balanchine), Paquita, and was able to be a part of the World Festival and perform at Pace University in New York. Four years later she joined National Ballet Caracas under the artistic direction of Vicente Nebreda where she toured to other countries and all around the United States performing predominantly Nebreda’s and Balanchine’s work. After guest performing in Tulsa Ballet’s Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet, she joined Ballet Memphis in August, 2001 under the artistic direction of Dorothy Gunther Pugh. With the company, she was able to perform in numerous ballets by renowned choreographer’s such as Trey McIntyre, Mark Godden (Carmina Burana), Lila York, George Balanchine, Garret Ammon, Julia Adams and Joseph Jeffries. She trained under: Carmen Estela Fernández, Nela Lanz, Johana Fernández, Rafael Portillo, Irina Ivanova, Marina del Elmo, Vladimir Issaev, Vladimir lopoukhov, Eric Volodin, Maya Samokhalova, Ruta Butviliene, Rumen Rachev, Rubén Echeverría and Keyla Ermecheo. Ms. Marianna has taken the mat and reformer courses in Stott Pilates under the direction of Tamara Hoffmann and dedicates full time to teaching the art of Ballet.
Erin is a Seattle native who began her ballet training with Ms. Irene Larsson – formerly a dancer with New York City Ballet. Erin danced in many summer programs including Joffrey School of Ballet in New York City. She danced for one year with Redwood Concert Ballet in Eureka, California. Her teaching career began with Kay Englert at Washington Contemporary Ballet, where she served for fifteen years as ballet mistress, instructor and choreographer. Erin also taught ballet at Ballet Arts of Olympia with Suzie Ferko. Erin has been an instructor and choreographer at Studio West since the Studio’s inception. She is married, has one son, three daughters, and one adorable grandson.
Elizabeth Piper began her training at age 9 at Ballet Arts Olympia under the direction of Suzanne Ferko. It was there that she met Stephanie Wood-Ennett, who remained her instructor for many years. At age 15, Elizabeth began training on scholarship at The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre with school director, Damara Bennett, and company director, Christopher Stowell. During her years of training, Elizabeth attended summer programs with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Elizabeth joined City Ballet of San Diego in 2009 and danced with them for four years. During her dance education and career she was honored to dance in such distinguished works as Balanchine’s Serenade, The Nutcracker, Valse Fantaisie and Donizetti. She also performed in ballets such as Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Carmen, Swan Lake, Firebird, Paquita and Lew Christensen’s Il Distratto. Elizabeth is currently attending Saint Martin’s University on scholarship as a junior in their biology program, and hopes to begin a doctoral program for Physical Therapy in the fall of 2017. A full time staff member since 2014, Elizabeth values Studio West’s goals and environment and is dedicated to the success and triumph of all students.
Jerrilynn “Jeri” Globe first started her dance training at age 11 in ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, musical theatre and tumbling. One year later, at the age of 12, she started competing and attending classes and conventions around the country where she received multiple awards for solos, duets, trios and corps work. At age 13, Jeri began assisting in dance classes for children ages three through 16. After assisting for three years she started teaching her own classes as well as choreographing for competitions and dancing full-time. To her amazement, her students, with the supplement of her training and choreography, received multiple awards and achievements. From this point on, Jeri decided that teaching was her calling and dove in head-first. At age 19 she was asked to be assistant director of her studio and went on to take over the business and make it her own, later adding a retail store – Dance Fashions Unlimited. She wore multiple hats; managing the business, making costumes, teaching and choreographing. Her business rose in success. In an effort to slow down, Jeri decided to sell her studio and focus on dance instruction. Since 2010, her experience, values, and enthusiasm for dance have contributed to Studio West’s vision – we are pleased to have Jeri as an instructor and office staff member.
Kristine Anderson started dancing at an early age in Colorado, continuing through high school in Idaho. She has performed in the Nutcracker with Ballet Idaho, and was part of a national championship dance team. Upon completing her BA in Dance with high honors from San Francisco State University, she continued her formal education and completed an MFA in Dance at Mills College with highest honors, May 2011. She has since been making and performing dance works and teaching. She has company experience with Tere Mathern Dance, Rachel Slater and Dancers, and apprenticed with ODC/Dance Company. She has had the honor of learning “Trio A” from Yvonne Rainer, herself, as well as Linda K. Johnson. Johnson and Anderson performed “Trio A” at the Berkeley Art Museum, Fall 2011. She also has had the honor of working with and performing works by esteemed artists such as Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Molissa Fenley, Robert Moses, Alex Ketley, and Tere Mathern. Her choreographic works have been performed in various locations, from intimate art galleries to studios and larger theaters in San Francisco and Portland. Beside self-produced shows, her choreographic works have been featured at the 1 Festival, the Polish Festival, The Garage (SF), and Dance Plus.
Kristen Grace has been the primary hip hop teacher at Studio West Dance Academy since it’s opening and has founded the performing group EDGE. Kristen is now the director of Studio West’s newest addition, The Beat Box Hip Hop Dance Studio. Kristen got her start dancing competitively with H2Whoa, Gig Harbor High School’s hip hop dance team, and went on to lead her university team as captain and choreographer at PLU – staging various pieces for the student choreographed show each year. She has danced and trained with DASH, Koncrete Studios, Velocity, and Westlake Dance Center along with many other master classes and workshops from Seattle, Tacoma, LA to New York. She now dances with Olympia/Lacey based adult dance team Audacity Cru, and recently competed with them at the World of Dance Finals in Los Angeles, as well as World of Dance Seattle. Kristen is extremely passionate about bringing new life into the Olympia hip hop community and building young dancers into strong and successful individuals who have the skills and confidence to go after what they want in life. She is very excited and committed to strengthen and expand The Beat Box, Olympia’s first exclusively hip hop dance academy.
Sarah Jane Bracy began her dance journey through her middle and high school dance teams. She started competitive dancing in high school where she participated all 4 years on dance team. There she won multiple awards, going to state wide competitions. Quickly showing leadership skills and strong artistic choreography she was made captain 3 of the 4 years attending and returning both years after graduation to continue to help with choreography and competition work. She has trained in jazz, contemporary, and hip hop, finding her passion and skill in hip hop particularly. After high school she continued to studying dance and train in studios such as Studio West Dance Academy, Center Stage, and Westlake. She has been apart of an elite adult dance crew, Audacity Cru since 2010. Through audacity she feels she has gained the most experience and skill. Audacity Cru has competed and performed all over Washington state with a heavy presence in the Seattle area. They are constantly involved in the dance community doing performances, events, volunteer work, and outreach projects. Some of her biggest accomplishments are competing in World Of Dance Seattle 2011-15. Within this time they have achieved 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. For these achievements they were invited as a crew to perform and compete in WOD nationals in LA. Sarahjane has contributed choreography in most competitive pieces including the LA set. She continues to choreograph and teach within the crew. Currently she is an instructor at the Beat Box being apart of the opening year, she has worked with Studio West since 2014 in the hip hop program. During her time instructing she has choreographed for spring showcase, arts walk, edge (performance group) charity gala, and more. She plans to continue working, teaching, and training to ensure she provides an artistic and inspiring movement for young dancers.
Monica Sieling began her early years of dance training at Ballet Arts Olympia. At the age of 10 she transferred to Studio West Dance Academy and began pursuing all styles of dance including ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary. Performing in Studio West Dance Theatre productions and participating in Performance Division pieces has brought her great joy and has been an integral part of Ms. Sieling’s dance education. Her favorite roles include: Chinese in Nutcracker, the Cook in Alice in Wonderland, the Jester in Cinderella and Michael in Peter Pan. Ms. Monica is also one of the original members of Studio West’s Hip Hop dance crew, EDGE. EDGE has danced in numerous Hip Hop shows and workshops throughout the area including, Krunk, No Flex Zone and Monsters of Hip Hop. Ms. Monica has a patient, yet exuberant style when instructing young children. She began as a teacher’s assistant in 2012 and displayed such natural abilities when working with dancers, that in 2014 was offered her own class. Since then her talent and instruction skills have earned her additional teaching positions. “Having the chance to work with young dancers gives me a new perspective and love for this art form [dance] that I never experienced before. Watching my students connect with themselves and others through dance, and then leave class with a smile on their face is what inspires me as a dance instructor.” -Monica Sieling
Maddie Cook was born and raised in the Olympia area. She began her training at age 13 at Studio West Dance Academy. In 2015, she was part of the inaugural group of students that opened Studio West’s hip hop home, The Beat Box. Training in ballet, jazz, and contemporary, Maddie eventually chose to focus solely on hip hop. She auditioned and made it onto Studio West’s dance cru, Edge, and then later, Audacity Cru, a professional hip hop group based in the South Sound. Maddie began teaching for Studio West in 2017 and has been a great addition to our hip hop program.
Angela Brandenburg began studying ballet at the age of nine with Kay Englert in Lakewood, Washington. She studied classical ballet, Graham technique modern dance, as well as dance history, terminology and choreography at Washington Contemporary Ballet. She auditioned for and was accepted to the summer dance intensive programs at Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Rock School, Boston Ballet and attended the New York City Ballet’s School of American Ballet at fourteen. At the age of nineteen, she started to teach ballet technique to students of all ages and levels. While dancing in the WCB company, she took a master class with Rubina Carmona and fell in love with flamenco. She started studying flamenco with Marisela Fleites-Lear at twenty-two. At twenty-three, she became ballet mistress and principal dancer at Washington Contemporary Ballet, staging ballets and running rehearsals. She continued her study of flamenco with many master teachers including Teo Morca, Oscar Nieto, Maria “Chacha” Bermudez, Timo Lozano, Melinda Hedgecorth, and Cihtli Ocampo. Angela began teaching at Studio West Dance Academy from their first season, and has taught ballet to all levels as well as beginning and intermediate flamenco. She especially enjoys instructing beginning adult ballet as well as beginning flamenco, as she believes anyone can learn to dance. She started the monthly Flamenco Night at Pizzeria La Gitana in 2012 which continues to bring flamenco to the Olympia community as well as give an outlet to flamenco performers from around the Puget Sound.
Emily Coello, a native of Rock Island, IL, trained at the Alabama School of Fine Arts under Dame Sonia Arova before joining Alabama Ballet as an apprentice. She holds a BFA with honors from the New School University/Joffrey Ballet program in New York City where she trained with David Howard, Eleanor D’Antuono, John Magnus, Trinette Singleton, and Rebecca Wright. While in New York, Emily was chosen by David Howard to be a demonstrator in his “World Tour” class video. For over twelve years she was first a dancer and then ballet mistress at City Ballet of San Diego. While with City Ballet, she was featured in many ballets including: Don Quixote, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Giselle, The Firebird; and in many ballets of George Balanchine’s including: Valse Fantasie, Walpurgisnacht, Who Cares?, Serenade, Donizetti Variations, and La Source. Emily is currently teaching at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Studio West Dance Academy.
Marie is from Buffalo, NY, and began her training at Jill Squiteri Academy of Ballet. She began studying at the Neglia Conservatory of Ballet in 2006. Marie has performed in many Neglia Ballet Artists productions, including Giselle, Baba Yaga, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Balanchine’s Serenade. She has performed professionally with the company since 2010. In addition to being a member of Neglia Ballet Artists, Marie taught as an instructor at Neglia Conservatory of Ballet from 2013-2017, until she moved to Olympia, WA, and began teaching ballet for Studio West Dance Academy.
Vanessa was born on the East Coast and moved to Olympia with her family during her middle school years. She started dancing at a very young age and wanted to continue to develop her skills even after the move, which led her to enroll in classes at Studio West Dance Academy. During this time, she performed many roles in Studio West Dance Theatre productions; some of her favorites include Lead Arabian, Lead Spanish, and Snow Corps from The Nutcracker, and the Crocodile from Peter Pan. After graduating from high school, Vanessa continued her training in dance education at Studio West and became an instructor in both tap (beginning through advanced), jazz, and ballet for young dancers. Vanessa’s kind and gentle teaching style has been beneficial for many of our students who are taking their first steps into dance. Vanessa currently lives in Lacey and in addition to teaching, enjoys expressing her creativity through photography and videography.
Rhett is a former U.S. American Style Ballroom Dance Champion. He taught in Los – Angeles, California for 12 years and has been teaching in the Puget Sound area for the last 18 years. He contributes a great deal of expertise and creativity in his teaching. Rhett has retired from competing professionally, and prefers to teach students to dance with knowledge and challenges them to dance to there fullest potential. Shona’s initial experience with dancing includes ballet, tap and jazz, and for the past 23 years she has been teaching Ballroom, Latin and Swing. She has been fortunate to study under many Champions, including Rhett. Shona has retired from competing professionally, but loves to teach her students how to perform ballroom dancing in a fun and joyful way. Both Rhett & Shona love teaching people to dance together – it’s a fascinating journey and it’s a skill that everyone will use at some point in their lives – whether it’s just for fun – or for a special occasion.
Joshua Grant is from Niceville, Florida. He trained at Northwest Florida Ballet, Harid Conservatory, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and he attended summer courses at Virginia School of the Arts, the Rock School, Harid Conservatory, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Mr. Grant joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2001 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2002. In 2004, he joined National Ballet of Canada, and in 2006, he joined Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. He performed as a principal dancer with Trockadero until 2011, when he rejoined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to Soloist in 2015.
Mr. Grant has performed many lead roles in classical full length ballets and contemporary pieces by noted choreographers, including an originated lead role in Christopher Wheeldon’s Tide Harmonic. He performed the Dying Swan as a guest artist on the Titus Command Gala in Dallas and for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Laugh Out Loud! Festival. In 2008, he performed on the Royal Variety Show at London’s Palladium Theatre in the presence of HRH Prince Charles.
Photo credit: Angela Sterling
Joseph Jefferies trained as a student at Yuma Ballet Academy in Arizona with Jon Cristofori and Kathleen Sinclair. He also trained at Harid Conservatory with Olivier Pardina.Jefferies went on to dance professionally for 16 years, dancing with Pittsburg Ballet Theater and Ballet Arizona before joining Ballet Memphis for nine years. During his time as a professional dancer he performed lead roles in works by Trey McIntyre, Lila York, Julia Adams and Mark Godden. Later, Jefferies joined Les Ballet Trockadero De Monte Carlo. During the course of his professional dancing career, Jefferies has danced principal roles in several ballets including Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Giselle and Coppélia. Jefferies has also worked as a choreographer, creating over thirty works primarily for Ballet Memphis. His work has been selected for RDA National Festival in Montreal. He has won the RDA Emerging Choreographer Scholarship twice and had his work performed in New York City’s Ballet Builders Showcase. He was named “Artist of the Year” in 2002 by the Memphis Commercial Appeal for his dancing and choreography. As a dance educator, he began teaching adult ballet at Ballet Memphis’s School as well as serving as guest teacher for Ballet Memphis and Ballet Memphis’s Junior Company for company class, variations and pas de deux. Since then, he has taught at Studio West Dance Academy, Portland Ballet School as Summer Program Director & Resident Guest Artist, Northeast Youth Ballet, and Walnut Hill School for the Arts.
Rachel Zeigler began dancing and singing at the age of 11 while living in Ellensburg, Washington. She continued her training through highschool and college, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Performance from Central Washington University in 1999, with an emphasis on music and dance. Since then, Rachel has had the opportunity to perform in such shows as, Peter Pan, Angry Housewives, Once Upon a Mattress, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, My Fair Lady, and Seussical, the Musical. Some of her favorite roles have included Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. In addition to performing, Rachel has also held numerous offstage positions; she served as House Manager for Laughing Horse Summer Theater, Box Office Manager for Spokane Interplayers Ensemble, Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager for Studio West Dance Theatre, and as of August 2015, Studio Manager for Studio West Dance Academy.
Patricia (Trish) Hall was born and raised in Olympia and is a graduate of Central Washington University. Trish came to Studio West in 2009 with an already extensive background working with children, and in no time at all, became an invaluable asset in the day-to-day workings of the studio. Over the years, she’s shared her expertise across multiple positions: studio manager, costume manager, administrative assistant, and front desk aficionado! She currently resides in Olympia with her husband and two beautiful children. Trish keeps the studio staff and dancers on their toes, is always ready to lend a hand, and is the friendly face most families see when they first step in the door. We are honored that Trish has been with Studio West from the beginning.
Kristina began her career at Studio West in the summer of 2012 as a part time front desk person. Her role has evolved over the years and she took on more extensive responsibilities as the Assistant Studio Manager. After the birth of her third child in the winter of 2015, Studio West gave her the opportunity to continue working the hours she could manage and she now works mainly in the back office doing books and other office work. Kristina does not have a dance background, but grew up with Ms. Stephanie and truly loves being a part of the Studio West Community. She graduated from St. Martin’s University with her bachelor’s in Business Administration and Finance. She currently resides in Olympia with her husband and three beautiful children.